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What are the Most Common Types of On-the-job Injuries?

A lot of employees get hurt while performing work. Around 2.9 million workplace injuries were reported in 2016, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Most individuals assume that workplace injuries occur only in factories and construction work. The reality is that they can happen to any employee regardless of the profession.

Every worker in LA is at risk of on-the-job workplace injuries. Here are seven most common injuries that normally occur in the workplace.

1. Fall from an Elevated Surface

Injury due to falling from an elevated space is one of the most common types of on-the-job injuries. This type of injury normally occurs due to falling from stairways, ladders, or roofs. Injuries due to falling from structure or plane that is at a  height are generally serious and require costly treatment.

2. Slip and Fall Injury

Slip and fall injuries account for around 5 percent of all work-related injuries. The injuries normally occur due to wet and slippery floors. The injury can also occur due to uneven surfaces. In addition, improperly stored items create a trip hazard that can injure employees. The injury can create grave financial problems for the injured person due to medical bills for treatment.

3. Burns

Burn injuries are also common in the workplace. Statistics from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration shows that nearly 5,000 burn injuries occur due to fires and explosion every year. These injuries can cause great financial hardships for the employee.

4. Toxic Exposure 

Toxic exposure is a serious risk for many workers. The injury accounts for nearly 10 percent of all occupational injuries in the US. Employees in auto shops, construction, mills, factories, and shipyards are at increased risk of this type of workplace injury.

5. Brain Injury

Brain injury can occur due to a blow or bump to the head. Also known as traumatic brain injury (TBI), this is one the most serious type of workplace injuries. Moderate and serious brain injuries can take thousands and even millions of dollars in medical treatment.

6. Repetitive Stress Injury (RSI)

Repetitive stress injury is also common in the workplace. The injury occurs due to performing repetitive motions. The result is joint problems, back pain, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Treating these on-the-job injuries can also result in thousands of dollars.

7. Overexertion

Overexertion can result in serious musculoskeletal injuries such as muscle pulls, sprains, and tears. The injury occurs due to heavy lifting without proper techniques. This type of injury causes a lot of pain requiring medical treatment.

You should let experienced Los Angeles Workers’ Compensation assist you with any workplace compensation injury case. We can help you get the compensation that can ease your financial burden due to on-the-job injuries. Our expert legal staff can guide you through complex court procedures. We have been serving the area of Los Angeles with dedication and integrity for decades.